New Delhi: India's Test cricket captain Virat Kohli is the man of the moment- both on and off the field. The right-handed batsman not only knows how to illuminate the scoreboards with his stellar performances but also to promote his gear. Leaving behind India's ODI and T20 skipper MS Dhoni, the Delhi batter charges more money to label a brand on his bat. According to a Times of India report, Dhoni charges around Rs 6 crore to endorse the cricket magazine 'Spartan' by labelling the company's sticker on his bat while, test captain Kohli, who uses an MRF bat, earns around Rs 8 crore for the same. Moreover, the "run machine" charges Rs 2 crore for the endorsement of apparel and shoes on the field. However, Dhoni, is leading the race when it comes to off-field brand endorsements, for example, TV ads as he is paid Rs. 8 crore whereas Kohli is paid around Rs 5 crore for the brands he endorses.
Other players in the race are not far behind. Yuvraj Singh is paid Rs 4 crore by German sportswear producer Puma for his bat, footwear and apparel. Similarly, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan's bat is sponsored by MRF, charges around 3 crore. Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma charge Rs 2.5-3 crore and Rs 3 crore for endorsing CEAT through stickers of the company on their bats. Ajinkya Rahane is paid Rs 1.5 crore for his bat, apparel and footwear put together. Notably, International cricketers are paid lesser then the Indian cricketers as cricket is one of the most loved and followed sports in the country. The cost of a sticker on South African cricket star AB de Villier's bat is assessed to be at around Rs 3.5 crore. He might soon begin playing with an MRF bat, said the report. West Indian opener, Chris Gayle gets around Rs 3 crore from his deal with Spartan, whose bat he endorses, said the report by the English daily.